Building a dispensary membership base of patients is important and is one of the vital Budtender skills needed to build a successful clientele. Many dispensaries offer discounts for being a member so they can cultivate the patients’ medical marijuana plants on their behalf.

Depending on your state’s laws, many times the number of patients you have in your dispensary membership is important since this reflects how many marijuana plants you can lawfully cultivate on their behalf.

Make sure you stay socially active with your members and update the Budtender skills to consistently ensure your dispensary is operating within your state’s guidelines.


Required Product Knowledge

budtender skillsThere are three types of Cannabis strains: C. indica, C. sativa, and C. ruderalis – cannabis contains over 400+++ compounds.

At least over 80 of these are cannabinoids, which are the basis for the medical and scientific use of cannabis. The Cannabis genus is typically considered to have two species, C. indica, and C. sativa.

A third species known as C. ruderalis differs from the other two (2) species in a few key ways.

C. ruderalis is very short, and produces only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and flowers independently of the photoperiod and according to age. Pure sativas are relatively tall with long internodes and branches that are large and narrow-bladed leaves.

Pure indica varieties are shorter and bushier with wider leaflets that are often favored by indoor growers. Sativas bloom later than indicas, often taking a month or two longer to mature. The subjective effects of sativas and indicas are said to differ, but the ratio of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD) in most named varieties of both types is similar (averaging 200:1).

In addition to “pure” indica, sativa, and ruderalis varieties with varying ratios of these three types are common. These hybrid varieties have combinations of traits derived from both parental types.

C. sativa Budtender Skills

Sativa strains are usually higher in THC and lower in CDB, meaning their effect is cerebral so it works on the mind rather than the body.

The high can be energizing or uplifting, making patients feel giddy, happy, or trippy.

C. indica Budtender Skills

Indicas usually show higher levels of CDB than sativas, making for a heavier, stonier effect, also known as a body stone, body buzz, or “couch-lock stoned”.

Indicas may make you feel drowsy, sedated, and even numb, and their effect can be pain-killing, sleep-inducing, and calming.

C. ruderalis Budtender Skills

This term is used to refer to the short, stocky cannabis plants that grow wild in Europe and Central Asia.

Ruderalis plants are not dependent on light cycles to start flowering, which is why auto-flowering strains contain ruderalis genes.

Dispensary Cannabis Display Case

budtender skillRemember, Budtender skills and the medicine display care is the first thing a patient encounters so be sure to always be friendly and professional when assisting them. You are dealing with medical patients so you must maintain a clean and professional environment.

Medicine must be organized so you will find that dispensaries will most likely consolidate them in two (2) different ways:

1) By strains: Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis

2) Or you can also organize them by pricing

You want each jar to have the name of the strain, your dispensary logo, a type of identification to tell the patient who grew the medicine (is it organically grown or not), and the Indica / Sativa percentage, as well as its origin (the strain).

Make sure the jars are clean with glass cleaner; the medicine has no stems and is properly trimmed for presentation. Also, you want to clean the display shelf and wipe down jars so the display area is ready for every transaction for sanitation purposes.

Do not leave shake or stem in your product and be sure to put away all medicine or jars that you place on the counter.

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